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  • Title
    [Gold chest belonging to Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, c.1851-1855]
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SAFE/DR 157
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Objects - 48 specimens of gold-bearing rock in wooden chest - Chest 35.4 x 20.6 cm. - Chest - wooden, brass-bound with hinged lid and on one side the number '1318' on white paper. Recessed rectangular brass plate on lid with the engraving: 'Sir T. L. Mitchell'. Movable brass handle is attached to one side of plate. Lower plate of lock has trademark of crown surmounting initials 'VR' and 'Bramah Patent'. Lower front of box has protruding brass keyhole. Specimens, numbered one to forty eight, are housed in individual bays in a four-tiered box with three removable trays. Nos. eight and eleven are missing :
  • Scope and Content
    Specimens are in two forms as follows:
    Rocks: 32 specimens, mostly quartz, varying in colour, shape and texture. Most have light concentrations of gold: a few heavy concentrations. Four are in small boxes. Specimen 42 consists of three minuscule samples individually wrapped in blue paper with the following respective legends in ink: 'From one basin at our camp on Baduldura L. Mitchell 12 July'; 'One basin in the Muckerwa W Arthur 13 July'; 'From the Muckerwa one basin W. Danielson 13 July'. All three samples are wrapped in blue paper with the note: 'Gold washings from Baduldura and Muckerwa Ck.'
    Gold dust: In ten large and three small circular cardboard containers with glass lids
  • General note

    The following letters, previously housed with the relic, refer to this collection: 11 May, 1852 from J. Galloway to Sir Thomas Mitchell (Sp.417); 28 August, 1851 from W. R. Davidson to Sir Thomas Mitchell (Sp.357, see Archives List); 15 January 1921 from Lt. Col. T. Dauncey to the Secretary of the Mitchell Museum, Sydney with attached 'List of Specimens' (Sp.357); fragment, gold prices undated (Sp.357): transcripts of these are at DR 157n
    Digital order no:Album ID : 825631
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    Artefact or Fiction: Curriculum highlights, 20 April 2018 to 19 April 2019 - State Library of New South Wales (April 2018 - April 2019)
    Artefact or Fiction: Curriculum highlights, 18 April 2019 to 20 April 2020 - State Library of New South Wales (April, 2019 - April, 2020)
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